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l/e Tea, Era - January 4, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV Page 11 i SHARE From page 1 gram requires no matching funds, while providing up to $1,000 in most cases toward a project. More may be granted for larger projects. Funds for this program and other SHARE activities come out of profits from the Oregon Jambo- ree, which is operated by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group. SHARE is a grassroots organization formed in coopera- tion with SHEDG to develop and implement economic development action. Over the past two years, SHARE has spent about $35,000 in CEIP funds, helping fund some $140,000 in exterior improvement projects. Among the projects this year were the Veteran's Hall, the Sweet Home Emergency Ministries build- ing, the CutLoose building and The New Era/Sweet Home Liquor Store building. This year, SHARE provided a design specialist to design a color palette and provide suggestions to building owners, Hoffman said. All of the projects were completed in two or three colors. The goal was to create a tem- plate for business and building owners to use and provide a visu- "It's been great working with the businesses that have been will- ing to invest this past year and seeing them enthused with the changes that have taken place with their buildings," Hoffman said. He would like to see 10 to 15 busi- nesses take advantage of the CEIP money with larger investments in 20t2. Earlier this year, SHARE conducted a business survey, each member of the Steering Committee visiting businesses to find out what they need from SHARE. The survey indicated that busi- nesses wanted more effective com- munication, Hoffman said. SHARE will use different tools to communi- cate better in 2012, including fliers and displays about CEIP and other programs. They'll be distributed throughout the commercial district. SHARE also plans to create an an- nual report for them. The survey is driving most of what SHARE is doing next year, Hoffman said. SHARE will build its strategies on the key findings from the survey. From that, SHARE will ex- pand business education in 2012, Hoffman said. SHARE will create a core of retail businesses interest- ed in training opportunities, includ- ing one-on-one business consulting with professional consultants. Last year, SHARE took six business owners to McMinnville to participate in a workshop with a nationally recognized consultant, Hoffman said. That drove several of them to take advantage of what they learned. One came home and told her husband it was time to get off the fence and make changes she had been thinking about for some time, Hoffman said. "I simply said, times are hard for everyone," said Rita Houston, owner of Oregon Prospecting and Rita's Relics. "What we need to do is move forward with the plans I have been toying with and give it our all." She came back and expanded the mining section in preparation for adding a panning booth, she said. She removed deadweight on the main floor and moved the office and checkout area. Similar changes are planned at Periwinkle Provisions next door. "We are going to, at the very least, identify a "microniche" prod- uct to spotlight," said owner Bran- di Hawkins. "We are also going to recreate our written advertising to reflect a powerful first sentence." Hoffman said other business support strategies are in the works. "Going forward, this has start- ed," Hoffman said. "We became members of a business coaching firm. We'll be doing webinars on- line and inviting merchants to at- tend." The webinars will cover sev- eral areas of retail business and, he hopes, one-on-one coaching, Hoff- man said. The CEIP and business edu- cation programs will be SHARE's primary focus in 2012, Hoffman said. At the same time, the SHARE program and marketing committee is changing its focus from putting on events to promoting tourism and marketing. Business owners indicated in the survey that tourism was im- portant to their business, Hoffman said, so the committee will focus on marketing Sweet Home and its recreation. The committee is still devel- oping specific tasks, Hoffman said, and it will not be focused on events as it had been in the past. "We don't want to lose the fo- cus of events," Hoffman said. "We still want to keep those in reach, but we've got promote our recre- ation." To continue supporting events, SHARE has budgeted $5,000 for 2012 to help pay for marketing and promoting community events, Hoffman said. "I think it's going to allow us to support these events in the community that are not admin- istered by SHARE." SHARE also created a new mural in 2011, Hoffman said. The mural replaced the deteriorated mural on the Vet's Club. A second mural, depicting a police car, is un- der way now. With economic development, Hoffman is most focused on retain- ing businesses and finding ways for them to grow, he said. Eventually, SHARE wants to apply for a grant to create another flexible manufac- turing building. Sweet Home is shy of building space for light industrial uses, he said, and the existing flex building is full. "Ultimately, our job as an eco- nomic development organization: is to create a strong business at- mosphere within the community," Hoffman said. Part of that is tour- ism. "Tourism for Sweet Home is economic development," Hoffman said. "The Jamboree is proof of that. I really think that the direc- tion we're going is very viable and will show results going forward. The mix of activities, the direction, the emphases we're beginning to develop are going to take us to see improvements over the next few years. As we begin to improve, we become more desirable to cre- ate businesses. If we retain and improve what we have here now, other businesses will come." alization of what their buildings would look like, Hoffman said. "This is our biggest empha- sis this year, with further devel- opments coming in the following year," Hoffman said. SHARE is in the process of identifying I0 key pyopies in Sweet Home and planning to work with two willing owners to create large demonstra- tion projects. Those projects will be more hands-on, encouraging investment outside the original scope of the Exterior Improvement Program, Hoffman said. SHARE will be able to loan up to $2,500 for facade en- hancements that go beyond paint and facelifts. They'll include more physical improvements to the busi- nesses. / Water From page 1 at about 922.5 feet above sea level, nearly minimum pool, before rising to 947 feet Friday afternoon. Green Peter had reached about 24 percent of storage capacity by then. By Monday it was at 32 percent of storage capacity and at 955.2 feet. Green Peter had an inflow of approximately 23,515 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon, with 3,650 flowing out. After a dry weekend, Green Peter had 6,000 flowing out and 3,000 flowing in. Foster rose from about 615 feet to 623 feet. Foster was at about 40 percent of storage capacity on Friday, but had dropped to 16 percent and 617 feet on Monday. Friday, Foster had an inflow of 12,500 Cfs and outflow of 10,400 cfs. Monday, it had 10,000 cfs flowing out and 8,900 cfs flowing in. The National Weather Service showed 24-hour rainfall as of 1 p.m. on Friday as 1.63 inches in the west end of town and 2.46 inches in the Midway area. Combined, the Corps recorded 4.39 inches on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. / Safety From page 8 1:48 p.m. - Caller reported someone broke into her car during the night.  Three , items;  worth $893.99 were taken. Report taken for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree theft. 6:28 p.m. - Denise Marie Bonneville, 26, arrested for second- degree disorderly conduct, 22nd near Husky Field. Cited, held for detox and released. 6:49 p.m. - Caller reported children setting off explosives in the street and then running back into their house, 1800 block of Tamarack. Officer patrolled area but was unable to locate. 7:47 p.m. - Caller reported that someone was just in his yard, 2200 block of Nandina. When he asked the male what he was doing, the male flipped up his hood and ran toward Main Street. Offer responded. Information noted. 8:25 p.m. - Caller reported loud explosions in the area for the past hour, 1530 Tamarack St., Mountain Shadows Trailer Park. The last one rattled his walls and knocked items off a shelf. 10 p.m. - Caller reports gunshots or fireworks in the area, 10th and Elm. Officer patrolled area. Neighborhood quiet, and officer was unable to locate anyone out in the area. 10:10 p.m. - Caller reported someone firing a pistol in the area, 900 block of 23rd. Officer patrolled but was unable to locate any sounds in the area, Dec. 30 12:58 p.m. - Caller reported someone broke into her car, 1530 Tamarack St., Mountain Shadows Trailer Park. Report taken for second-degree theft. Various items stolen and valued at $530. 4:14 p.m. - Caller reported theft of generator from garage two to three days earlier, 700 block of Long. Report taken. Approximate value was $450. Dec. 29 8:48 a.m. - Caller reported that someone shot four of his goats, 27500 block of Liberty. All four goats were dead. Deputy and owner discovered a fifth.goat .w.as oaJssing, after following tracks toward timber and brush. They located small puncture marks near the mid to high neck on three goats, but they did not appear to go past the skin, and no bullets were located. The Linn County trapper planned to respond. 9:50 a.m. - Caller reported a horse in the roadway, 30100 block of Fairview Road. Owner contacted. Owner secured horse. 2:55 a.m. Caller reported that someone had attempted to drive a vehicle over the berm where 12th Avenue ends near Cedar Street. The vehicle was stuck, and the driver was revving the engine. Officer contacted occupants of vehicle, who were delivering newspapers and got stuck while turning the vehicle around. They were able to get the vehicle out without assistance. 12:26 a.m. - Marcus Avery Duncan, 45, cited for failure to carry proof of insurance and defective lighting equipment, 1400 block of Main. 4:17 p.m. - Caller reported wallet taken out of her vehicle about five days earlier, 4500 block of Main. Report taken. Dec. 28 6:46 p.m.- Jamie Jesse Jiminez, 45, arrested for third-degree theft and Marion County warrant for first-degree trespass, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Transported to Linn County Jail for extradition to Marion County Jail. 7:49 p.m. - -Guy Anton Tenbusch, 21, arrested for third- degree theft, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Cited and released. 10:58 p.m. - Daniel Wayne Sutton, 19, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of second-degree disorderly conduct, Lebanon. Cited and released. Dec. 27 3:44 p.m. - Travis Earl Pressey, 33, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to appear on original charge of interfering with a police officer, 1950 Main St,, Sweet Home Police Department. Cited and released. 5:54 p.m. - Caller reported that people left location with a full cart of food, 1540 Main St., Safeway. Officer responded and took report. Actual amount of theft unknown but estimated at about $20. Dec. 26 3:17 p.m. -Caller reported saw stolen from back of truck sometime since Saturday, 400 block of 12th. Officer responded and took report for unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree theft. Saw valued at $40. 4:31 p.m. - Caller reported lawn mower missing from shed, 4300 block of Long. Report taken for second-degree theft. Approximate value was $500. 9:35 p.m. - While on foot patrol at Sweet Home Junior High, 880 22nd Ave., an officer located criminal mischief where a liquid was sprayed in the breezeway. Officer also located Christmas decorations that did not belong to the junior high. Officer took report for third-degree criminal mischief and returned items to owner. 10:59 p.m. -"Caller reported that his friend was coasting down Old Hufford Road in a vehicle with a blown motor. Caller went to the bottom of Old Hufford but could not find his friend. Missing party located later at the residence of a friend. Dee. 23 10:51 a.m. - Caller reported finding a wallet belonging to the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash the previous evening, 26100 block of Old Holley. Wallet returned to driver's mother. 10:15 p.m. - Benjamin Moore arrested for trespassing after allegedly walking into a stranger's house and refusing to leave, 27000 block of Rowell Hill. 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